The Phoenix Suns have waived Hamed Haddadi, per a team release, but have done nothing in regards to Shannon Brown, according to a Paul Coro report, meaning the veteran shooting guard will have a fully-guaranteed contract for next season.
Brown is owed $3.5 million next season and would have been paid half of that if waived, and cutting him would have hardly saved the Suns any money.
Under a new coaching staff and new management, it’s possible Brown has gotten over his benching last season. He seemingly got the short end of the stick on a downtrodden roster that still had other veterans receiving playing time despite the supposed tanking effort; that’s not mentioning the random rotations under interim coach Lindsey Hunter.
Brown averaged 10.5 points and 2.6 rebounds per game through 59 games in 2012-13. He re-signed a partially-guaranteed, two-year deal before last season after spending the summer in Phoenix and expressing his interest in returning to the Suns front office.
Haddadi was bought out for $200,000 and would have been owed $1.4 million next season. The cut at center makes sense since the Suns have been adamant Marcin Gortat will remain with the team and serve as mentor to first round draft pick Alex Len.
Playing in 30 games, Haddadi’s stint in Phoenix earned him the most significant role of his NBA career. He averaged nearly a block per game in just more than 10 minutes a night. Haddadi and a second-round 2014 draft pick were acquired from the Toronto Raptors before the trade deadline in exchange for point guard Sebastian Telfair.